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Organization: USEPA
Title: ORISE Research Associate
Location: Willowbrook, IL
Application Deadline:
Posted: 2018-03-05

Position Description:

The mission of the FIELDS Group (U.S. EPA Region 5 Superfund Division) is to characterize, analyze, and communicate environmental contamination problems that may pose a threat to human health and the environment. The Group provides field assistance, rapid contaminant site characterization, statistically-based sediment and soil sample designs, and analysis of spatial data for individuals such as Remedial Project Managers (RPMs), On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs), and Enforcement Officers. Some examples of the types of fieldwork the FIELDS Group provides are the collection of location and elevation data using global positioning systems (GPS), XRF soil sampling, bathymetric surveys, and sediment thickness profiles. Site characterization work includes spatial and statistical analysis/modeling of soil and sediment contamination, evaluation of the extent of contamination including hot spot sizes, soil and sediment mass and volume calculations, risk characterization, and mapping of soil and sediment data in two and three dimensions. Some of the tools that the Group uses to accomplish these goals are: ArcGIS, EVS/MVS, SAS, ProUCL XRF, and GPS and laser systems.

A portion of the FIELDS Group’s time is dedicated to the on-going development of server-based tools including web-mapping, database, sample forms, and JavaScript tools. Currently FIELDS has two servers hosting a number of web-mapping applications for emergency response, removal projects, and remedial clean-ups. Additionally, we have created and regularly need to deploy a hybrid 900 MHz wireless data communication system for chemical and particulate monitoring.

The selected Research Associate will have many of the below skills:
• working knowledge of ArcGIS and Python
• working knowledge of GPS and integration into GIS
• working knowledge of Windows’ OS 7, 8, and 10 and ability to optimize OSs
• working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access)
• working knowledge of statistical software, preferably SAS or R
• working knowledge of applications such as Collector for ArcGIS
• Web-based GIS mapping
• JavaScript
• SQL Server
• database administration
• able to troubleshoot and solve IT-related issues
• able to work in a team and independently
• good presentation and writing skills

Under the ORISE program, college and university faculty students, and postgraduates are provided opportunities for hands-on participation in environmental investigations. To be eligible for the program, (1) a postgraduate participant must have received a college degree within three years of the appointment date in the program, (2) a student participant must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university, and (3) a faculty participant must be a full-time faculty member at an accredited U.S. college or university. These requirements help assure that participants are still engaged in formal education and that the experience will enhance the personal education and skills of the individuals. As a result of these appointments, technology is introduced (or reintroduced) into the universities and colleges and integrated into campus-based instruction and research programs.
The program provides opportunities for participants to (1) continue their education in the areas of their participation, (2) enhance their professional development in science, mathematics, and engineering areas, (3) become familiar with the research areas of the federal sponsor and (4) become available as scientists and engineers for future employment in fields related to EPA's mission.
The individuals selected for the appointments do not become employees. Participants will become administratively associated with ORlSE through a letter of appointment and Terms of Appointment. They will receive guest appointments at EPA and will not enter into an employer/employee relationship with EPA, ORAD, ORISE, DOE, or any other office or agency.
Program participants are paid a monthly stipend. There are no salaries or fringe benefits paid. Participants do not earn sick leave or annual leave time. However, we do pay for two weeks’ vacation and sick leave. The project period can extend up to three years with a guarantee of one year. This project requires a 40 hour work week and may include field-work that is physically demanding. 40 hours hazmat training will be provided. More information on the ORISE program can be found at http://orise.orau.gov/epa

Please send your resume to:

Cooper.brian@epa.gov with subject “ORISE”. No phone calls please.

Stipends range from 40K to 48K depending on experience and college level.

Preference will be given to local candidates. The position is located in our USEPA Willowbrook, Illinois office. U.S. citizens preferred.